Vacation Bible School registration now open!

Calling all kids for a week of fun & faith!

2017 VBS Registration Form
(Send to the MDP Parish Office, Attn: VBS)

Kids entering K – 5th grade are invited to join us on June 26-30, 9am – Noon, for Vacation Bible School!  We will explore how we are “CREATED BY GOD – BUILT FOR A PURPOSE” and enjoy time for music, sports, crafts, and prayer!

Students entering 6th – 12th are invited to be “camp counselors.”  Adults 18+ needed to chaperone.  Contact Lauren Joyce with questions: 610-337-2173 or LJoyce@MDPparish.com.

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by Lauren Joyce

This Week @ MDP – Holy Week!

Thank you to all those who prayed with us during Holy Week – Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

Special congratulations to the five women baptized this Easter, as well as the other three who will be Confirmed soon!

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by Lauren Joyce

THE ULTIMATE REALITY

Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Homily

PALM SUNDAY

We are obsessed with reality TV…shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, and the like.  There’s another series known as “Undercover Boss”. It features a company’s founder or senior executive who temporarily gives up his or her power and authority to become an entry-level employee at the bottom rung of the ladder.  The “boss” goes “undercover” to investigate what’s really going on in their company so that they can improve the business and reward hard-working employees. They are not tyrants…they’re sincerely interested in the welfare of their business and their workers.   They’re on the road away from home and spend time agonizing about how to solve the problems of the companies.   At some point the undercover boss returns to the workforce and reveals their identity.  The exceptional workers are rewarded for their efforts and are given the financial means to help make their dreams come true.

On this Palm Sunday, the beginning of the week we call “Holy”, the readings speak to us of a somewhat similar figure, but one who offers us infinitely more than any reality TV show or personality. Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

This Week @ MDP: Living Stations of the Cross

Our CCD/PREP students presented the “Living Stations of the Cross,” a beautiful and traditional Lenten Prayer, last week in Church.  The MTC Catholic School students will do the same on 4/7 at 7pm.  All are welcome for this solemn reflection on the saving death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here at MDP, we seek God in prayer.

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.”

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by Lauren Joyce

The man was blind but now he sees!

“There was a time when you were in darkness, but now you are in the light of the Lord…”

Everything we do during lent aims at awakening our consciences, arousing them to make good judgments and understand that the Light offered us dispels the darkness of the world and those secrets we hide from even ourselves.

A person who has a hardened heart and a formless conscience becomes a spiritually blind man who cannot see or hear the call to repentance or exercise the freedom that results from a life with Jesus.

We will never be able to live a full life, a meaningful life, a life of satisfaction unless we live the life of Jesus. Nor can we avoid the consequences of our actions no matter how big or small they might be; we cannot pretend them away.

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by Father Cioppi

This Week @ MDP: Middle School Mercy Corps! (Service Projects)

This week our middle school students visited Camilla Hall Retirement Home for the IHM Sisters.  We played board games and shared stories with these lovely, holy women!

Here at MDP, we share God’s love!

To sign your 6th-8th grader up for Service Projects, email Lauren Joyce: LJoyce@MDPparish.com.

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by Lauren Joyce

“Give me this Water to drink!”

By this third week of Lent, we come to the well of the Eucharist, tired, worn out and thirsty. So too, does the Samaritan woman and even Jesus Himself.

We are thirsting for water as a basic human need, and it is through our common human heritage that God intends to touch our lives and to replenish our spirits by opening the floodgates of His eternal love within us.

God became man to dwell among us, and today He was with us in the Sacrament of Confession – reconciling us to Himself through our admission of sin and sorrow.

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by Father Cioppi

“Get up and GO!”

The Scriptures give us two examples of extraordinary events. We can wonder how they can relate to our own lives. But, in fact, they have everything to do with who we are as true disciples of Christ.

I think that ordinary men and women like us can make a difference in the world if we would just believe in our God given power to do something and not be afraid to stand up and make a difference in the world.

Look at what the Gospel says about you. Jesus takes you up the mountain. He calls you from your homes to be here on the mountain, on this holy place. He shows you His Face in the Eucharist with Moses and with Elijah, the Law and the Prophets. Then He says, “Listen.”

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by Father Cioppi

This Week @ MDP: Adult Faith Formation Spotlight!

It’s a great month for Adult Faith Formation at MDP!

Here at MDP, we seek to understand the truths of our faith!


Here at the parish, Deacon Greg has launched our annual Lenten book discussion.  This year’s pick is “Resisting Happiness.”  All are welcome to discuss the struggle to find faith and happiness on Wednesdays 3/15, 3/22, and 4/5 at 10:00 – 11:30am (Parish Offices) or 6:15 – 7:30pm (Providence Hall / School Cafeteria).  No RSVP necessary, and if you haven’t read the book but want to join the conversation you’re most welcome.  We hope you can join us!

In the local area, many of our parishioners joined a special event with Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins.  He’s the “Bible Timeline guy” behind many of our parish Bible studies, and it was a treat to hear him in person!

Finally, one of our Bible Study groups took a “field trip” to see the beautiful icons at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in Norristown.  What a beautiful place dedicated to the worship of God!

To join a Bible study, ask a question, or be on the email list for Adult Faith Formation activities at MDP, contact Deacon Greg at 610-265-4178 or GMaskarinec@MdpParish.com. All are welcome, especially those “searching” for God!

 

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by Lauren Joyce

We will be tempted in the same way!

In the Gospel today, Jesus gives us remedies for the temptations we will all encounter during our Lenten Fast.

Jesus goes into the desert because the Holy Spirit directed Him there. He fasts for forty days and forty nights at the end of which He is tempted in three ways: with hunger, with loneliness and with power.

We can expect to be tempted in the same way.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a foodie; I love any kind of food. Recently I had stitches on my tongue (all well now). I couldn’t eat anything but soups and yogurt and little quantities of that. During this time, I realized I don’t need a lot of food to survive. If I gave away the abundance of food I really didn’t need, I could feed a lot of people. What I really need in my life is to consume the Word of God and the Bread of Life. This is the food that will satisfy me.

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by Father Cioppi